• Giulio Di Sturco

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Aerotropolis


An aerotropolis is a city whose main function is its airport, which boosts business and development in a hub around it. The idea belongs to futurist John D. Kasarda, who believes airports will be the capitals of the future. These new hubs have drawn in tens connection. But what are they like to live in?

This body of work is the first to capture life in the airport city offering a look inside the original ground-breakers. It comes at an important time, because airports will shape urban development in the 21st century as much as highways did in the 20th century, railroads in the 19th century and seaports in the 18th century. If the model becomes the way we live next, it is vital to show how it will impact human lives.

Ganga Ma


Ganga Ma (Mother Ganges) is the culmination of a ten-year research project. Starting in 2005, Di Sturco has chronicled the course of the river Ganges over 2,500 km, downstream from its source as snow in the Himalayan glaciers through to Bangladesh where it empties into the sea in the bay of Bengal. Much more than a mere river, for Hindus the Ganges represents the fulcrum of spirituality. Ironically, today the river is one of the most polluted in the world. Its water levels have shrunk drastically and are very toxic, endangering the livelihoods of over 400 million people who depend on it.

Portfolio

aerotropolis-6 New Songdo, Seul, South Korea, 2017. New Songdo International Business District is a compelling aerotropolis strategically located just over 7 miles from Incheon International Airport. Major airports have become key nodes in global production and enterprise systems offering them speed, agility, and connectivity. They are also powerful engines of local economic development, attracting aviation-linked businesses of all types to their environs. These include, among others, time-sensitive manufacturing and distribution facilities; hotel, entertainment, retail, convention, trade and exhibition complexes; and office buildings that house air-travel intensive executives and professionals.. The rapid expansion of airport-linked commercial facilities is making today's air gateways anchors of 21st century metropolitan development where distant travelers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop, eat, sleep, and be entertained without going more than 15 minutes from the airport. This functional and spatial evolution is transforming many city airports into airport cities. The Aerotropolis consists of an airport city and outlying corridors and clusters of aviation-linked businesses and associated residential development. A number of these clusters such as Amsterdam Zuidas, Las Colinas, Texas, and South Korea's Songdo International Business District have become globally significant airport edge-cities representing planned postmodern urban mega-development in the age of the Aerotropolis.
aerotropolis-5 New Songdo, Seul, South Korea, 2017 The New Auditorium of the Songdo University. New Songdo International Business District is a compelling aerotropolis strategically located just over 7 miles from Incheon International Airport. Major airports have become key nodes in global production and enterprise systems offering them speed, agility, and connectivity. They are also powerful engines of local economic development, attracting aviation-linked businesses of all types to their environs. These include, among others, time-sensitive manufacturing and distribution facilities; hotel, entertainment, retail, convention, trade and exhibition complexes; and office buildings that house air-travel intensive executives and professionals.. The rapid expansion of airport-linked commercial facilities is making today's air gateways anchors of 21st century metropolitan development where distant travelers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop, eat, sleep, and be entertained without going more than 15 minutes from the airport. This functional and spatial evolution is transforming many city airports into airport cities. The Aerotropolis consists of an airport city and outlying corridors and clusters of aviation-linked businesses and associated residential development. A number of these clusters such as Amsterdam Zuidas, Las Colinas, Texas, and South Korea's Songdo International Business District have become globally significant airport edge-cities representing planned postmodern urban mega-development in the age of the Aerotropolis.

Giulio Di Sturco (b.1979 in Roccasecca, Italy) is an award-winning photographer based between London and Paris. He studied at the European Institute of Design in Rome before moving to Canada and then to India, where he spent five years refining his visual language. Di Sturco began his career as a photojournalist before dedicating himself to long-term projects which explore the society of the future in the face of environmental and technological changes. Experimenting with visual storytelling, new and old media, his practice expands traditions of documentary photography conjuring a poetics of the future where the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred. His awards include three World Press Photo prizes, the Sony Photography Awards, the British Journal of Photography International Awards, and two Getty Grants. In 2019, his projects Aerotropolis was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Prize and nominated for Prix Pictet. He is a regular contributor to many international publications including The Financial Times, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Wired and The New York Times. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions and festivals worldwide at York Art Gallery, Photaumnales Festival, Photo London, Getxophoto Festival, and Cortona On the Move Festival, among others. He has recentely published his first monograph, Ganga Ma (GOST, 2019) with essays by environmental activist Vandana Shiva and curator Eimear Martin.

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Books

Giulio Di Sturco, Ganga Ma, GOST Books, Aprli 2019

Awards

2023 “Fujifilm Grant” winner

2019 “PRix Pictet” nominee

2019 “Aestethica Art Prize” finalist

2018 “Getty Image Reportage Grant” winner

2018 “World Press Photo, Contemporary Issue, 2nd prize

2018 “Photography Grant”, Climate category, 2nd place

2018 “Lensculture Exposure Awards” Series, 2nd place

2018 “Kolga Photo Award”, Conceptual Category, winner

2018 “Phm Grant” honorable mention

2017 “Canon Europe Ambassador Programme”

2017 “Moscow Photo Awards”, Environmental Story, winner

2015 “World Press Photo”, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 1st prize

2015 “Sony World Photography Award, Landscape, 3rd prize

2014 “Kolga Photo Award”, Documentary Category, winner

2014 “GEtty Grant for editorial” winner

2014 “Vipa Award” winner

2012 “PX3 International Award” gold medal

2011 “PX3 International Award” gold medal

2011 “PDN’S 30 New and Emerging Photographers to watch”

2011 “POYI” Issue reporting picture story, winner

2011 “Antropographia Award for Human Rights” winner

2011 “Sony World Photography Award” Current Affairs, winner

2010 “Joop Stewart Masterclass”

2009 “World Press Photo”, Arts & Entertainment, Stories, 1st prize

2009 “BJP International Photography Award, Single image, winner

2009 “Sony World Photography Award” Contemporary issues, winner

2009 “Visa Pour l’Image”, Jury Prize

2009 “VII Agency” Mentor program

 

Exhibitions & Screenings

Selected Solo Show

2021 Ganga Ma, Paris Photo, France

2021  Ganga Ma, Bassano Biennale di Fotografia, Italy

2021 Sophia, Todimmagina Contemporary Photography Festival, Italy

2020 Ganga Ma, Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy

2019 Ganga Ma, Podbielski Contemporary, Milan, Italy

2019 Ganga Ma, Photo London, Somerset house, London, UK

2017 Aerotropolis, Getxophoto Festival, Getxo, Spain

2015 Chollyhood, Konfuzius Institut, Leipzig, Germany

2012 Fratello Fiumem CMC Cultural Centre, Milan, Italy

2012 Aerotropolis, Cortona on The Move Festival, Cortona, Italy

2011 3/11 Tsunami Photo Project, Open Mind Gallery, Milan Italy

 

Selected Collective Shows

2019 Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, York, UK

2019 Terra nostra – Le temps de l’Antropocène, Photaumnales Festival, Beauvais, France

2019 Forgotten Places, Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, UK

2018 Futuro Presente, Milano Digital Week, BASE, Milan, Italy

2018 Exposure Award Winners Exhibition, Photo London, Somerset House, London, UK

2018 World Press Photo, Various venues worldwide (also in 2015 and 2008)